PassageMaker Events Series and USPS have partnered to help you earn credit towards a USPS Boat Operator Certification (BOC). This certification will prove very useful when renting, chartering or leasing a boat (especially in another country), obtaining insurance, and other various boating activities.

The USPS BOC offers four different certification levels. To complete a higher level, one must meet all of the requirements of the preceding levels. The different certificates are as follows:

  • Inland Navigator (rivers, inland lakes, bays)
  • Coastal Navigator (regional coastal)
  • Advanced Coastal Navigator (extended coastal & near coastal offshore)
  • Offshore Navigator (global)

Completion of each one of these levels requires specific types of courses, seminars, and skills.

To participate, you will need to purchase a U.S. Power Squadron Kit from any of the following options:

  • U.S. Power Squadrons
  • Any of our four Trawler Fest & University events

The kit will include a BOC Passport, registration for BOC certification, and a textbook. Course textbooks and “Rules of the Road” are also sold at our events. We hope you will take advantage of this great opportunity while spending time with us! For more information visit and type “BOC” in the searchbar.


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